While there are several problematic pests in the area, few cause more trouble than rodents. They have a knack for invading local homes and businesses. When the weather starts to get colder, rodents become an even greater threat. Robust bodies and sharp teeth enable these small animals to wreak some serious havoc. Once mice and rats establish a nest in a dwelling, you’ll have an especially difficult time getting rid of them. Here are some important facts you should know about rodent control.
What Attracts Rodents
Like so many other household pests, rodents are attracted to unsanitary conditions. They love to hide out in unhygienic spaces. If you fail to keep your home clean, you’re far more likely to experience rat and mice problems. To prevent rodent issues, make housekeeping a top priority. Weekly chores, like taking out the garbage and sweeping your floors, can make a big difference.
Food is a very big attraction for rodents. It’s not uncommon for mice and rats to rip open packages of food. Even the scent of crumbs will catch the attention of these annoying pests.
During the winter, rodents will be looking to escape the cold weather. Your home is the perfect habitat. It gives them a comfortable place to raise their young.
How Do Rodents Get Inside
Rodents are extremely limber. Even a dime-sized hole will allow a mouse to easily crawl inside your home. Although rats may be larger, they are still flexible enough to slide through small openings. Failing to properly seal your home makes it more prone to an invasion. From gaps in windows to plumbing lines, you must seal the entire exterior. Because rodents are also skilled climbers, even roof damage can give them easy access to your home.
Problems Caused By Rodents
Rodents can cause a long list of problems. Because rodents spread disease, they are a serious health threat. It doesn’t take long for them to create unsanitary conditions. You definitely don’t want to put your family at risk of getting sick. When living with rodents, food contamination becomes a big concern. Some of the flu-like symptoms include fever, vomiting, headaches, and diarrhea. If you happen to eat food that has been tainted with the salmonella bacteria, a trip to the hospital could be warranted.
Mice and rats can also cause your home to have a bad odor. The musty smell of urine can linger in the air for days at a time. Although some people try to mask the stench by spraying an air freshener, this is usually not an effective solution. If someone visits your home, you could experience a lot of embarrassment.
Structural damage is another problem that stems from a rodent infestation. Rodents will chew on virtually anything, including fiberglass insulation and furniture. Even worse, mice and rats can create a fire hazard by gnawing through electrical wiring. In fact, experts estimate that rodents are responsible for roughly 20 percent of fires each year.
Impact Pest Elimination can solve your rodent problems. We've been serving the area for more than 30 years. When encountering pest problems, local homes and businesses know who to call. Our certified technicians promise to give you an extra sense of security. Contact us for a free estimate on service.